I‘m actually a week late! I drove up around noon, to find a batch of cars already ringing the stand. Even more amazing is the fact that I missed the opening weekend entirely by being in Maine last week. Any place that knows it’s worth opening in early March is rightfully a destination ice cream shoppe. I had a cone with a scoop of Ginger Snap and another of Chocolate Walnut.
A little inquiry has found that the gigantic new addition on the the stand itself is going to be taken over by a vegetable stand. There are usually makeshift stands that were propped up during the summer and fall, but this seems like a far more concerted effort. And it’ll give the ice cream mixing area and the office their own separate places.
The construction here isn’t totally complete, but things look close (but still need a paint job). However, the picnic tables were still stacked so I slogged through the gravel and mud and sat out watching the cows and scanning the horizon for the green that is starting to creep up from the soil to the tips of trees.
My peril came with my order. Indian Pudding, which I’ve long proclaimed as my favorite flavor, is gone. Apparently last summer they brought out a Ginger Snap flavor that used the same base as the Indian pudding, but without the same density (read a bunch less corn meal) but that is in turn augmented by the addition of cookies. Apparently the sales of the Indian pudding nosedived and people jumped ship to the ginger. After a sample, I figured it was still worth the cone.
This ice cream is why I go around eating ice cream. It’s why I started this blog: to find ice cream that compares. The chocolate walnut was wonderful and the ginger snap was great as long as I divorced it from my Platonic ideal of the Indian pudding. When I say this is a destination ice cream stop, I really mean it. Rota Spring Farm is worth the drive just for a cone.
The expansion seems as though it will open up some new options for desserts in the area. The idea of ice cream cakes and pies was presented, and here’s hoping they find a great ice cream sandwich to add to that mix as well. And yes, if we can create a groundswell of demand, the Indian pudding will return, though likely only as a seasonal flavor in the fall.
Cone – kiddie $2.43 small $3.10 large $4.05
Sundae – 1scoop $3.81 2scoop $4.52 3scoop $5.24
Frappe $4.05 extra thick $4.52
Rota Spring Farm
117 Chace Hill Road, Sterling MA 01564